The Human Trafficking Prevention Notice Act (2021-H 5270A, 2021-S 0408A) would be applicable to hotels, requiring them to post in a location conspicuous to their employees human trafficking awareness signage on their premises.
“Traffickers especially target vulnerable children who suffer from abuse,” said Representative Diaz. “It’s difficult to find statistics, but some estimate between 100,000 and 2 million children are trafficked in this country. This law will not only give victims an extra layer of protection by promoting awareness among hotel employees, it will also encourage greater awareness of the dangers of trafficking in the community.”
Under the legislation, the notices would provide information regarding the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline. The number is operated by a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that is anonymous and confidential. The hotline is accessible in 170 languages and is able to provide help, referral to services, training and general information.
“As we learn more about human trafficking and how to recognize it, it’s important that we develop policies to combat it and help the victims,” said Senator Quezada. “While every state has laws to prosecute human trafficking, too often the public is unaware that trafficking crimes can occur close to home, and that businesses in their neighborhood may be affected. This bill is a step toward educating the public on trafficking issues.”
The measure now moves to the governor’s office.